As a late adopter and still skeptical new member of the social network known as Facebook, I’ve been busy overanalyzing the state of modern times. As my “friend” confirmations continue to appear via email on my phone and my laptop, I have to ask myself whether the whole thing is too easy. I can be your “friend” without really doing anything but clicking a button and occasionally making a quirky comment on your “wall.”
I know I’m not the first to fret. I realize questions like this have been posed before. But I believe our day-to-day social skills could be at risk if our relationships with one another are reduced to text messages, web links and online photo galleries. It’s my genuine fear that as we become more connected to the world, we’re simultaneously becoming more DISCONNECTED from reality.
Of course, you’ll be reading this on my blog. Which you probably never knew existed until you visited my Facebook page. And I’ll be momentarily flattered when I check my WordPress dashboard and discover that all 91 of my confirmed “friends” have read this post. But before that whole cycle begins, I hope we can all stop and consider how we got to know each other in the first place. Whether it was a face-to-face conversation, a bike ride or a drinking binge at the Edgewater, it was some kind of human interaction that Facebook simply cannot offer. And I can only hope that I’ll see you again soon. Not on my “wall” but maybe on my deck. Eating barbeque. From my smoker.